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Clever Clock Design Uses Batteries as Hands

Yes, clocks with hands are a dime a dozen. But there's nothing ordinary about The Front & Back, a clock by design group The Wrong Objects that uses its batteries as hands. The two AA batteries powering the clock fit snugly into slots in front. Hence the name Front & Back: the batteries—usually hidden away at the back of a clock—are front and center in this creation.

The battery slots rotate to point the batteries in the right direction and tell the time. A little reminder that the hour hand is always shorter than its minute counterpart is needed though, at least for people who've gotten used to digital clocks.

While The Front & Back clock has made waves at the 2010 DMY International Design Festival in Berlin. Unfortunately, as a concept device, the clock's eventual (if planned) appearance on the market remains a matter of speculation.

The Front & Back

  • geossj5
    and.. clever as it may be
    its still ugly
  • eklipz330
    there have been a few minimalistic clocks shown on this site that i really like
  • Supertrek32
    Ugly, inefficient, and not much of a conversation piece. Not thanks.

    "Woah... That's a weird clock!"
    "Yeah, the batteries are hands."
  • kinggraves
    Should've made the hour hand a AAA, thus making it a smaller hand.
  • someguynamedmatt
    Firstly, I agree with everyone that posted before me.

    Secondly... Having a slow news day, Tom's? You just put up an article about a new clock design...

    Oh, and what meathead forgets which hand is hours and which is minutes?...
  • Pei-chen
    Is there a counter weight on the other side? It sounds like the batteries will be the heaviest part on the clock.
  • mlopinto2k1
    supertrek32Ugly, inefficient, and not much of a conversation piece. Not thanks."Woah... That's a weird clock!""Yeah, the batteries are hands.""Cool.""Yeah...""..."Yeah, because everyone purchases a clock to have conversations about. At least this one will PROVOKE a conversation. It's a pretty neat design. For one, it cut's down on the amount of parts needed. For two, it's clean. It wont be inefficient. What, you think they didn't counter-balance the batteries so it doesn't have to struggle to move the hands?
  • haunted one
    I like its futuristic look
  • Kelavarus
    Yours, for only $2000! Remember people, minimalist is more!
  • ta152h
    This is idiotic. Moving the batteries will shorten the battery life. Moving more weight than necessary is idiotic.